Florida Voters Approve Constitutional Guarantee for Conservation Funding

Nov 5, 2014

Camp Helen State Park - To get Amendment One on the ballot, nearly a million signatures were collected across the state.
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Florida will now dedicate a third of its revenues from real estate transaction fees for water and land conservation after voters approved Amendment One Tuesday.

The amendment’s campaign manager, Will Abberger, says the result reflects the will of the people. 

"Florida voters care about protecting the quality of our water, our natural areas, and wildlife habitat," says Abberger. "They, I think, have overwhelmingly demonstrated their support for increased funding, increased state funding for water and land conservation."

The constitutional amendment passed with about 75 percent support. It could generate up to $700 million a year depending on the real estate market. Opponents say it creates too rigid of a state budget, but supporters like Abberger say it was needed because the Legislature has cut funding for conservation.